Car Accidents Result in Hundreds of Kentucky Deaths Each Year
The number of fatalities due to vehicle crashes in Kentucky has steadily declined over the past ten years according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nonetheless, there are still around 700 traffic-related deaths in our state each year, and many of these unnecessary and preventable losses of life are a result of passenger car accidents. On average, car accidents account for 40% of all yearly traffic-related fatalities in the state of Kentucky. In addition to fatalities, there are thousands of injuries on Kentucky roadways each year.
At Rhoads & Rhoads, we know that being injured is not your only worry after a car accident. An injury impacts your whole life — your ability to work, take care of your children, provide for your family, and pay your bills. We strive to take as much stress out of this difficult time as possible so that you can concentrate on getting better.
Rhoads & Rhoads has been protecting the rights of the injured throughout Western Kentucky for over 45 years. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, our team of experienced trial attorneys and knowledgeable support staff are available to help you through this difficult time and get you the financial recovery you deserve.
Types of Car Accidents
There is more than one kind of car accident. There are, of course, single car accidents where the impact comes from the vehicle hitting an object, and there are multiple vehicle accidents caused by the impact of two (or more) vehicles on one another. The way a car impacts or is impacted by other vehicles or objects can shape the resulting property damage and/or injuries.
Head-on collisions are severe accident, often fatal, and occur when the front end of two vehicles run into one another.
Rear-end collisions occur when one car crashes into a vehicle from behind. Rear-end collisions are often a result of distracted drivers who are too late in noticing a stop or change in speed by the car in front of them.
Side-impact collisions are sometimes called “T-bone” collisions because the two vehicles hit one another in a way that forms the shape of the letter T. This is another type of accident in which drivers and passengers may be severely injured when the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of a fixed object or other vehicle.
Sideswipe collisions occur when the sides of two parallel vehicles touch one another in a “swiping” motion. This type of collision is less likely to cause serious injury unless there are additional factors involved, such as a loss of driver control, excessive speed, vehicle rollover, or collision with additional vehicles or objects).
Causes of Kentucky Car Accidents
As is true nation-wide, the most common causes of car accidents have remained fairly consistent. A large majority of crashes, particularly those resulting in serious injury or fatality, have one of the following as a root cause: speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while tired, and distracted driving. Inclement weather also can play a role in accidents, but dangerous weather condition crashes too often occur because someone is driving unsafely for conditions.
Rhoads & Rhoads has been protecting the rights of the injured throughout Western Kentucky for over 45 years. We work closely with experienced expert witnesses, those who reconstruct accidents, medical doctors, and other subject-area experts who are equipped to support your case. We do a thorough investigation of every accident, identifying any witnesses and collecting all evidence. It is our goal to help you recover the compensation that you need to get through this difficult time, including damages for:
- Medical bills;
- Future medical expenses;
- Lost wages, including for future earnings;
- Services such as housekeeping;
- Pain and suffering.
Owensboro and Madisonville Car Accident Lawyers — No Recovery, No Fee
With offices in Owensboro and Madisonville, Rhoads & Rhoads represents car accident victims throughout Western Kentucky. We offer free initial consultations, and all cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which mean there is no payment required up front. We get paid only if we win or settle your case, so there is NO RISK involved.
Call us at 888-709-9329 or contact us by e-mail to schedule an appointment with one of our Madisonville or Owensboro personal injury attorneys.